The enemy of LENR is scientific focus. Development of LENR requires good knowledge levels in a dozen fields of science and engineering to support any progress in the subject.
Science is usually done in a systematic way where one inquiry or measurement is inspired or built on a previous one.
It is a methodology where systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, leads to the support and the formulation, testing, modification and eventual perfection of a hypotheses.
Most science is evolutionary where a concept is continually examined in increasing detail and where one element is based on the next.
This approach to the acquisition of knowledge eventually shapes the thinking process of the people who make their living doing it.
In this view, scientific progress is seen primarily as "development-by-accumulation" of accepted facts and theories.
The incremental scientist needs a reliable framework of concepts to frame their perception of reality. I call this scientific focus.
This type of mentality does not lend itself toward revolutionary science.
The episodic scientific model persists during periods of conceptual continuity in normal business as usual science.
For example, it is unrealistic to ask a chemist to design a car. The chemist has a focused view of his particular subject constrained by his education, his goals, his interests, and the requirements of his employment.
No one person has the time or the intellectual storage capacity to learn and understand everything that is required to design and build a complex system.
In our example, the chemist knows nothing of aerodynamics, engine development, interior design, transmission shift points, and so on.
Designing a car requires a culture of allied technologies.
Those interested in progression and advancement of LENR should understand that a culture of allied LENR technologies must be envisioned, understood, defined, and organized.
From time to time a revolutionary thinker defies the incremental scientific approach and uses “out of the box” thinking methods to define a new paradigm in knowledge.
During such revolutions in science and allied technology, the discovery of unexplained anomalies leads to a whole new paradigm that changes the rules of the game and the "map" directing new research, asks new questions of old data, and moves beyond the puzzle-solving of normal science.
For example, the revolutionary science of the Copernican Revolution emphasized that, in its beginning, it did not offer more accurate predictions of celestial events, such as planetary positions, than the Ptolemaic system, but instead appealed to some practitioners based on a promise of better, simpler, solutions that might be developed at some point in the future.
The motivation to recognize revolutionary science and technology comes when those who make their living in recognizing that this type of disruptive advancement is occasionally possible.
These systems oriented thinkers will eventually recognize that LENR is possible, useful, and most importantly… profitable.
The Rossi-types do not need to reveal their secrets. They simply have to show that LENR is possible, useful, and profitable.
When LENR gets to this take off point, the current world culture of industrial competition in technology will do the rest.